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3rd Test, Perth, December 13 - 17, 2013, England tour of Australia
385 & 369/6d
(T:504) 251 & 353

Australia won by 150 runs

Player Of The Match
Australia 1st Innings
England 1st Innings
Australia 2nd Innings
England 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Australia 1st Innings 
run out (Anderson)1191120122.22
c Carberry b Swann60771438177.92
c Swann b Broad1829433062.06
c Cook b Swann2444585054.54
c †Prior b Anderson11120829514253.36
c Pietersen b Broad712171058.33
c Anderson b Stokes551001525255.00
c †Prior b Broad3962786062.90
c †Prior b Bresnan2136783058.33
c Root b Anderson1219221063.15
not out 1725404068.00
Extras(lb 6, nb 1, w 3)10
TOTAL103.3 Ov (RR: 3.71, 469 Mins)385
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Chris Rogers, 1.6 ov), 2-52 (Shane Watson, 10.3 ov), 3-106 (Michael Clarke, 22.2 ov), 4-129 (David Warner, 30.4 ov), 5-143 (George Bailey, 34.3 ov), 6-267 (Brad Haddin, 70.5 ov), 7-326 (Mitchell Johnson, 88.2 ov), 8-338 (Steven Smith, 91.5 ov), 9-354 (Ryan Harris, 95.5 ov), 10-385 (Peter Siddle, 103.3 ov)
91.5 to SPD Smith, this cuts through Smith as he props forward, there's a thin sound, Anderson goes up immediately... Umpire Marais Erasmus isn't convinced but England ask to review straight away. Smith stood his ground, unruffled, but we're going to find out what technology thinks; there may be a tiny mark on Hot Spot, quite faint, on the inside of the bat, Real Time Snicko now comes to the party and suggests a little scrape of wood too... Smith isn't happy but the decision has been overturned, he's gone for Nelson. 338/8
95.5 to RJ Harris, pushes at a length ball in the channel and this one goes to hand, caught in the gully! Harris is cut down before he can do too much damage, another wicket for Anderson and England are close to rounding up the innings. 354/9
10.3 to SR Watson, pushes with hard hands, edged and gone, Swann plucks the ball from above his head in the slips! Broad has another wicket, his 12th of the series. It was just the perfect length, drawing Watson forward and then surprising him with the bounce. Watto hung his bat out, rather, the bottom hand coming off the bat as he tried to drive... and England are cock-a-hoop. 52/2
34.3 to GJ Bailey, and Bailey falls taking on the short ball, hooking to deep backward square where Pietersen clings on as he tumbles backwards! Broad has bounced him out, he tried to pull from outside off, was never in control of the shot - and Broad is bowling at some pace - it flew high into the clear blue Perth sky and came down with the batsman's number on it. England are in clover!. 143/5
88.2 to MG Johnson, super ball, bounce and movement and Prior snaffles the edge - Johnson vanquished first up! That's the perfect start for England, no runs added and the dangerous Johnson back in the hutch. They said the pitch would be quicker today and we might just seen evidence of that, a length ball fizzing off the pitch from middle and leg to brush the shoulder of the bat... Though Mitch might not mind seeing that, either. 326/7
103.3 to PM Siddle, holding its line outside off, Siddle dangles the bat and there's a tickle on it, an audible nick and visible deflection through to the keeper. Bresnan gets his first wicket, ending a sticky little 31-run association between Siddle and Lyon. 385/10
70.5 to BJ Haddin, short and pulled and misues it to midwicket and England have a long-awaited breakthrough, mighty relief for them, they check the no-ball and once again Stokes is ever-so-close to the Popping crease but he's got a minuscule of a boot behind the line. It was banged in by Stokes, Haddin was hurried into pulling and spooned it to Anderson who got down to take the catch sliding forward. 267/6
22.2 to MJ Clarke, comes forward, looking to attack immediately... but Clarke has picked out short midwicket, Cook diving to take a low catch! That could be a huge wicket, five minutes or so before lunch and it's one 100 man doing for another, Cook snapped up the chance, Clarke wasn't quite to the pitch and the bat turned in his hands. "Catch!" was the shout from Swann and his captain made no mistake. 106/3
30.4 to DA Warner, Goddim! Bit of width, Warner cuts and sends a loopy top edge straight down the gullet of Carberry at backward point! That's a fire sale, a give-away wicket from Warner to England, who were striving for some control and have picked up Australia's top-scorer in the process. It wasn't really short enough to cut, the bat came down at an angle and there was no mistake with the catch this time from Carberry, in a very similar position to when he grassed Haddin a week ago. 129/4
England 1st Innings 
c Warner b Lyon7215321210047.05
b Harris43761048156.57
c †Haddin b Watson416231025.00
c Johnson b Siddle1959963032.20
lbw b Harris1571902021.12
c †Haddin b Johnson1857943031.57
c †Haddin b Siddle824351033.33
c †Haddin b Harris2129554072.41
lbw b Johnson513231038.46
not out 1923344082.60
c Bailey b Siddle29220022.22
Extras(b 11, lb 7, nb 2, w 5)25
TOTAL88 Ov (RR: 2.85, 394 Mins)251
Fall of wickets: 1-85 (Michael Carberry, 25.4 ov), 2-90 (Joe Root, 30.5 ov), 3-136 (Alastair Cook, 48.4 ov), 4-146 (Kevin Pietersen, 51.5 ov), 5-190 (Ian Bell, 70.3 ov), 6-198 (Ben Stokes, 73.6 ov), 7-207 (Matt Prior, 77.3 ov), 8-229 (Stuart Broad, 81.4 ov), 9-233 (Tim Bresnan, 84.1 ov), 10-251 (James Anderson, 87.6 ov)
25.4 to MA Carberry, round the wicket, Carberry attempts to leave... but it hits the toe and cannons into the stumps! Harris has done it, the change of angle worked, though Carberry was a little unfortunate, not wanting to offer a stroke but he couldn't quite remove his bat quickly enough, the ball deflected on to the wicket and Australia have opened their window. 85/1
70.3 to IR Bell, the in-ducker this time, Bell is hit on the front pad but Erasmus shakes his head... Might have been outside the line? Height could also come into it; Australia decide to review, so we'll find out. And Hawk-Eye has it clattering into the top of middle stump, Bell's a goner! Looked to be DRS in hope rather than expectation from Clarke, with the knowledge that the reviews would be topped up in ten overs' time, but it has paid out big time. 190/5
84.1 to TT Bresnan, good length, seaming a touch and Bresnan feathers through to Haddin, trying to take his bat away! He got caught on the back foot, hanging his bat out and there was a fatal tickle before he realised the danger. 233/9
73.6 to BA Stokes, pitched up and inviting the drive, edged and gone! Johnson strikes again, England's pace nemesis too quick for Stokes, who wasn't forward enough to play that shot, swishing away from his body at a wide delivery and that's catching practice for Haddin. 198/6
81.4 to SCJ Broad, full, fast and pinning Broad in front, that's gone! The batsman caught hanging back and Johnson bursts through again, Bowden didn't need asking twice - that was crashing into the middle of middle stump about two inches up, would probably have splayed all three poles. 229/8
30.5 to JE Root, beats the bat again, a subtle curve away from Root as he plays forward ... Australia go up in unison and after a moment's thought, Erasmus gives it. Root, however, goes straight to the DRS, he seems certain he didn't hit it. We're getting numerous replays, can't see a mark on Hot Spot, no visible deviation. Real-Time Snicko doesn't prove anything either, though there is a sound, apparently after the ball had passed the bat. Tony Hill appears to be telling Erasmus he can't be certain that it was an error, so the decision will stay on field: Root is gone!. 90/2
51.5 to KP Pietersen, slightly short, Pietersen goes after Siddle - but he can't quite clear mid-on, where Johnson takes a brilliant leaping catch! Massive wicket for Australia and Siddle knows it, the veins in his temples pulsing, letting out a primal roar as the WACA goes bananas. Pietersen sticks his bat under his arm and heads off, it's the way he plays but he'll know that shot wasn't really what England needed. Superb snag by Mitchell Johnson, though. 146/4
77.3 to MJ Prior, slightly back of a length, Prior pulls across the line and gets a thin bottom edge - Australia have another! Spot on tactics from Clarke, with Siddle getting Prior for the 11th time in Tests. It was not a shot he needed to attempt, particularly after playing and missing twice, and his woes continue. As do England's. 207/7
87.6 to JM Anderson, short, Anderson turns his head and spoons the ball up off the shoulder of the bat, straight to the man at short leg. Australia have mopped up the innings in efficient fashion - and they've earned themselves an early lunch, as well. 251/10
48.4 to AN Cook, back and cuts again and finds point what a poor dismissal and the change has worked with Warner diving forward to take a low chance. The England captain has rather thrown it away after a lot of hard work. Trying to replicate the stroke of two balls ago, he couldn't get on top of this and floated a catch low to Warner who took it well. 136/3
Australia 2nd Innings 
c Carberry b Bresnan541351618040.00
c Stokes b Swann11214018717280.00
run out (Bresnan)10310816911595.37
b Stokes2353632043.39
c sub (JM Bairstow) b Stokes1550590030.00
not out 39304133130.00
c Swann b Bresnan56141083.33
not out 00-00-
Extras(b 8, lb 5, w 5)18
TOTAL87 Ov (RR: 4.24, 347 Mins)369/6d
Fall of wickets: 1-157 (Chris Rogers, 43.1 ov), 2-183 (David Warner, 48.5 ov), 3-223 (Michael Clarke, 63.5 ov), 4-301 (Steven Smith, 79.1 ov), 5-331 (Shane Watson, 83.1 ov), 6-340 (Brad Haddin, 85.4 ov)
43.1 to CJL Rogers, length ball wide of off stump and slapped to point where Carberry dives to his left to take a smart catch and end England's torment for now. Loose stroke by Rogers trying to carve it away but not getting right into the stroke, flashing the ball in the air and Carberry pouched it easily. 157/1
85.4 to BJ Haddin, length, this time Haddin hacks across the line, it goes a bit further, over the head of point but Swann takes a decent catch on the run. 340/6
63.5 to MJ Clarke, bowled him! Stokes hits the seam and brings the ball back a fraction as Clarke went for an expansive drive down the ground, done through the gate and sent on his way with a crash of ash. Nicely bowled. 223/3
79.1 to SPD Smith, dug in short and Smith picks out deep midwicket on the pull! Stokes has his second wicket, a small dividend but welcome, Smith connected with the shot pretty well but didn't keep it down and sent the ball straight to the man coming in off the fence. 301/4
48.5 to DA Warner, swung high again this time doesn't catch it, Stokes does half-way back at mid-on. A total miscue of a slog sweep trying to find the terraces again and it went a long way up but not very long and Stokes had to shuffle in a few yards to steady himself for the chance, which he took easily, end of another blistering innings from Warner. 183/2
England 2nd Innings (T: 504 runs)
b Harris011000.00
lbw b Watson3153856058.49
c †Haddin b Johnson19881251021.59
c Harris b Lyon4557886178.94
c †Haddin b Siddle60931407164.51
c †Haddin b Lyon12019525618161.53
c †Haddin b Johnson26721103036.11
c Rogers b Johnson1240661030.00
c Smith b Lyon4681066.66
not out 27150028.57
c Bailey b Johnson2890025.00
Extras(b 13, lb 13, w 6)32
TOTAL103.2 Ov (RR: 3.41, 452 Mins)353
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Alastair Cook, 0.1 ov), 2-62 (Michael Carberry, 18.6 ov), 3-76 (Joe Root, 27.3 ov), 4-121 (Kevin Pietersen, 39.2 ov), 5-220 (Ian Bell, 59.6 ov), 6-296 (Matt Prior, 85.2 ov), 7-336 (Ben Stokes, 98.2 ov), 8-347 (Graeme Swann, 100.2 ov), 9-349 (Tim Bresnan, 101.3 ov), 10-353 (James Anderson, 103.2 ov)
0.1 to AN Cook, bowled him, first ball, that's a beauty from Harris! Oh my, this is sensational, the ball shaping back and flipping the off bail, not even a single delivery's respite for Cook. The crowd goes absolutely nuts and well they might, nothing can go wrong for Australia at the moment. Cook maybe played a little inside the line, hoping the bounce would save him but it was a terrific ball, hinting at inswing and then nibbling a fraction to ping the bails. 0/1
27.3 to JE Root, full and wide, Root chops down on it and is there a thin edge? It's taken brilliantly by the diving Haddin and Erasmus gives it but the batsman immediately asks for the review. Root possibly thinks it was a bump ball, or the effect of the bat thumping into the ground confused him but there was a clear deflection and the decision will be upheld - Johnson mo's down another, England three down. 76/3
85.2 to MJ Prior, good length, wide of the stumps, Prior swishes at it ... and nicks off! There was an audible noise, the ball was just too quick for him, didn't need to play out there but those attacking instincts got the better of him. Johnson takes the acclaim as a roar of relief ripples round the ground. 296/6
101.3 to TT Bresnan, slower ball, 82mph, Bresnan forward pushing hard and it presents a chance to Rogers at mid-off who dives and takes a fine catch to his right that is a perfect example of how well Australia have fielded in this series, a marvellous catch. 349/9
103.2 to JM Anderson, back of a length on the stumps, Anderson square up and pops a chance into the leg side which Bailey dives forward to take and Australia have regained the Ashes. Pace doing for Anderson who got it high on the bat and presented a straightforward catch to Bailey and fittingly it is Mitchell Johnson that has finished it off. 353/10
39.2 to KP Pietersen, down the wicket and whacked down the ground, it goes, high, high, who's out there? Harris at long-on and he clings onto a fine catch, that was a right old steepler and Pietersen has gone trying to play another big shot. 121/4
98.2 to BA Stokes, now goes to sweep from outside off and gets a thin edge behind that is well held from Haddin and the Australians are cock-a-hoop with the big wicket, Stokes has played a blinding innings. He went to sweep a delivery at least a foot outside off, he went hard trying to fetch it towards midwicket but the ball again ran straight on, took a feather under-edge and Haddin held on well in his fingertips. 336/7
100.2 to GP Swann, forward, a little turn, takes inside edge onto pad and it loops to short leg for a pretty cheap dismissal, easy catch for Smith and Lyon chips in again with a useful wicket. Swann propped forward on around middle and followed the ball that turned in and bounced a touch, he got a feather edge onto the pad and it popped up easily for Smith and Swann walked straight off. 347/8
59.6 to IR Bell, dug in short, Bell tries to ramp the ball over the slips and there's a thin sound... Australia are convinced but it's not given by Erasmus and they have to resort to the DRS. There's no visible deflection, nothing on Hot Spot either but Real-Time Snicko detects a small blur of noise in the frame after the ball passes the bat and that's enough for Tony Hill, who overturns the decision. Bell's spritely resistance is over. 220/5
18.6 to MA Carberry, around the wicket, full at the pads, huge cry for lbw, it deflects up to the keeper, there's another appeal and Bowden gives it out. What's this for? Lbw I think, angled in, very full, and Carberry was late coming down on it and trapped in front of off stump. Another decent little innings from Carberry but no evidence so far that he can take his starts further. It would have been umpire's call on hitting in line, so a decent decision from Billy. 62/2
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Fri, 13 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 326/6 (Steven Smith 103*, Mitchell Johnson 39*, 87 ov)
Sat, 14 Dec - day 2 - England 1st innings 180/4 (Ian Bell 9*, Ben Stokes 14*, 68 ov)
Sun, 15 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 235/3 (Shane Watson 29*, Steven Smith 5*, 70 ov)
Mon, 16 Dec - day 4 - England 2nd innings 251/5 (Ben Stokes 72*, Matt Prior 7*, 67 ov)
Tue, 17 Dec - day 5 - England 2nd innings 353 (103.2 ov) - end of match
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Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 103 balls (BA Stokes 37, MJ Prior 14, Ex 0)
  • Reviews used before 80th over: England 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful); Australia 1 (1 successful, 1 unsuccessful)
  • New Ball Taken: England 278/5 after 80.1 overs (BA Stokes 90, MJ Prior 16)
  • Drinks: England - 283/5 in 82.0 overs (BA Stokes 93, MJ Prior 17)
  • England: 300 runs in 87.3 overs (525 balls), Extras 22
  • BA Stokes: 100 off 159 balls (16 x 4)
  • Lunch: England - 332/6 in 96.0 overs (BA Stokes 117, TT Bresnan 7)
  • England: 350 runs in 101.5 overs (611 balls), Extras 32
  • Attendance - 7,201
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberTest no. 2107
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days13,14,15,16,17 December 2013 - day (5-day match)
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